Venture just 30 km (19 miles) from Culiacan, the capital city of Sinaloa, and you’ll discover Cosala, one of Mexico’s designated Magic Towns. More than two thousand years ago, pre- hispanic tribes settled here as evidenced by their petroglyphs which can be seen in several areas. Later, Spanish conquerors discovered mines here and Cosala’s mineral bounty fed colonial ambition with gold and silver for centuries. Today you can enter and relive the days of colonial splendor in the biggest mine in western Mexico, Mina Guadalupe de los Reyes.
Don't forget to bring your swimsuit because Vado Hondo, only ten minutes away, tempts with river streams and waterfalls surrounded by lush vegetation. About half an hour away, the hot springs in San Jose de las Bocas are considered sacred due to their mythic healing properties.
The Ecologic Reserve of El Mineral de Nuestra Señora is an exceptional spot for hiking and getting close to the local flora and fauna, especially the green macaws in the bird reserve. Be sure to bring your camera, zoom lens and a hefty memory card.
When you’ve worked up an appetite, try Sinaloa’s signature dish, machaca, a delicious dried meat that can be preserved for months and is mixed with eggs and chile. It can be found on menus everywhere. If you plan to take some gifts home, you'll find beautiful leather handicrafts in small family-owned local factories.
Every Mexican town is proud of its religious and pagan celebrations. Cosala is no exception. From June 22 to 24, horse races, local cuisine, folkloric ballet and fireworks are not to be missed. Should you decide to spend the night, Cosala’s local hotels offer comfortable rooms, many with swimming pools, so you can relax and immerse yourself in the peaceful countryside experience.